DHAKA: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani on Sunday sharply criticized Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence over Rohingya issues though she was awarded the Nobel Prize in peace.
“She (Suu Kyi) has not unuttered a single word and single syllable,” he told reporters after his meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, UNB reports.
The OIC Secretary General said the whole world and all the humanitarian organisations should be more vocal recognising the problem on human rights front. “It’s not interfering but recognising the problem.”
He said they are, in the OIC, very much concerned over the atrocity and mentioned that the Rohingya people are even deprived of their nationality.
The OIC Secretary General said they are also trying to create a dialogue to resolve the issue. “We’ll keep up our efforts as an organization.”
Earlier, the OIC Secretary General pledged all-out efforts for further enhancing the existing cooperation between Bangladesh and OIC in various fields.
Madani, who is on an official visit to Bangladesh, made the pledge during his meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the latter's office.
The minister expressed the hope that the Secretary General would play a proactive role in addressing the developmental and environmental challenges of the member states of OIC and that OIC should evolve into an effective mouthpiece for articulating the concerns of the member states and stronger voice on such issues in various global fora, according to Foreign Ministry here.
He referred to the historic decision of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to join the Organisation and reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to the fundamental principles of the OIC both in pursuing political solidarity of Muslim Ummah and promoting cooperation among member states in economic, social, cultural, educational and other vital fields of activities.
During the meeting, the OIC Secretary General paid tribute to Bangladesh for its constructive role in OIC endeavours for peace and development in the Muslim world.
He particularly appreciated Bangladesh’s consistent support for the cause of Palestine that lies at the core of OIC agenda.
The Secretary General exchanged views with the Foreign Minister on developments in the regional and international arena, particularly in the Muslim world.
Madani took the opportunity of the meeting to brief the Foreign Minister on the recent developments within the Islamic Ummah and had consultations with him on the Secretary General's initiatives, projects and steps.
The meeting also gave them the opportunity to discuss implementation of various resolutions of OIC and holding various summit-level meetings.
The Secretary General led a six-member delegation on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.
He also visited icddr,b and appreciated the work of the centre of excellence that Bangladesh has developed over the years.
OIC is the second largest international organization after the UN family that groups together 57 Muslim-majority countries spread over four continents. The Organization’s main objective is to protect and promote the interests of the Islamic Ummah in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various peoples of the world.
Meanwhile, Iyad Ameen met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday.
This is part of his four OIC-member country visit in Asia and he has chosen Bangladesh to begin with.
He is scheduled to leave Dhaka on Monday.